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September 21, 2015 / diannegray

Image change

I like to tell people I’m on a ‘writing vacation’. Truth is – I have been doing some writing, but my muse has been railroading pushing me ever so gently in a completely different direction. This didn’t happen overnight. It’s been a process that I didn’t really see coming until I turned around last week and it was here.

I look back over the last three years of my life and notice that my frame of reference has slowly been shifting from the macro to the micro.

I have such magnificent views here at the RUC and have taken hundreds of photos – the sweeping landscape, green hills, fires, tractors, birds, insects (notice how things are getting smaller?)

Last week when I was on the dog walk I thought I’d get a close-up shot of one of the millions of weeds on the ground. I knelt down and took a few shots – meanwhile the dogs were waiting patiently (yawning, tapping their paws, howling at me to c’mon!) It wasn’t until I looked at the photo afterwards that I noticed I’d captured something awesome – a spider catching a fly on the tiny leaf.

Okay, you might not think this is awesome (and I wouldn’t blame you) but the chances of me choosing that weed at that moment (out of the millions of weeds I’d been treading on for the last half-hour) when the spider actually caught the fly, is a one in a million or billion or whatever chance (let’s just agree at this point that statistics isn’t my strong suit).

I’m digressing from my main theme, but here’s the photo. Notice how tiny the weed is by the size of the fly. It’s still flapping it’s wings – the poor dear…

Spider and fly2

So I’ve been taking these micro close-ups…and while I’m here I’ll digress again – can anyone tell me (maybe Pauline) what this flower is? It’s got me beat. It had fallen from a tree, but I’m not sure which tree it was so I can’t give a leaf description. It looks like something out of an alien movie.

Odd flower

Mystery flowery alien thing

Anyway, back on track – over the past few years I’ve felt myself becoming more focused on the visual side of creativity rather than the written word. I start to write and then my mind wanders off to any small thing that comes my way and I feel I have to take a photo. Some of my photos are nice, but there came a point where I wanted to do more with them. I wasn’t sure what, so I started redefining them into (what I think are) works of art.

So here are the first two of my efforts (I’ve done about ten so far) and to satisfy my urges I’ll start putting them in a new section called …

*********************Arty Bits*******************

The first one is a photo I took of a piece of red fungi off a tree. I had to do something artistic with it so I turned it into a weird kind of flower thingy..

I named it Beyond Terracotta

Beyond TerracottaW

Then I found a photo I had taken of a mango flower. These things are everywhere at the moment and it’s features are something you don’t notice until you get up close and personal and do a micro shot. I found all the flowers have, what looks like, a little face on them – so I placed the cute little dude in a bubble and called it Mango Flower in Bubble (hey that’s original!) 😀

Mango flower in bubbleW

Now I’m by no means calling myself an artist, but there is definitely an urge that I need to get out of my system.

I’ve read about people who have been knocked on the head and suddenly become concert pianists, but I haven’t been knocked on the head (that I remember) so I’m not sure why this change has come over me.

Have you ever had an urge to do something completely different?
Am I turning into an eccentric old cat lady?

I’d like to know your thoughts.

In the meantime – have a great week! xxx


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  1. Theo Fenraven / Sep 21 2015 7:24 am

    I like taking photos, so I write and get out with the camera. Sometimes I think about finding a way to combine the two hobbies, but so far, nothing plausible has come to mind.

    Keep taking pictures. 🙂


    • diannegray / Sep 21 2015 7:41 am

      I absolutely love taking pictures, Fen. Maybe my next novel will be about a photographer who takes a picture of something and then realizes she’s uncovered something intriguing (and dangerous) 😉

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  2. danpentagram / Sep 21 2015 7:25 am

    It’d be a shame to not read any more of your writing, but go where your heart takes you. We should all enjoy the simple things in life more – and they are what makes us happy.


    • diannegray / Sep 21 2015 7:42 am

      Thanks, Dan! It’s so lovely to see you here 😀


  3. donnajeanmcdunn / Sep 21 2015 7:32 am

    I didn’t see one cat in any of the photos so I think you’re safe there. I also think a person can be creative in more than one way and I have to admit, your pictures are wonderful. I also love your writing, so I think you should do both where ever the urges take you.


    • diannegray / Sep 21 2015 7:44 am

      You’re so right. I think I have to learn to take control over my overactive imagination and artistic endeavors and not just choose one as a focus. I might even get to the point where I can create a book cover I’m happy with (for a change) 😉

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  4. Pagadan / Sep 21 2015 7:34 am

    I like your photos, especially the still lifes. Well, they may not actually be still lifes, but I couldn’t think of the best term. (Where’s my muse?!) The Mango Flower in Bubble is lovely. Keep experimenting. Btw, are you aware of Laurie Smith’s blog and photos? He does all kinds of neat stuff with his photos. You might find them interesting.


    • diannegray / Sep 21 2015 7:47 am

      Thank you, Joy – I’ll go over and check out Laurie’s blog!
      I’m also unsure of the terms used for the types of photos taken – that’s how new I am at this thing I’m half calling ‘art’ 😀


  5. Minuscule Moments / Sep 21 2015 7:34 am

    Dianne your photo’s ARE amazing. I love that you have this pull towards something completely different. You are an Artist because you can craft a story with words. Go with the flow, see where it leads you. I’m betting it will take you back to writing when you see it through. I am constantly bombarded by new things that I want to try, but for me they happen in the middle of something else. I use to start the new thing before I finished and so my story is never complete. Now trying to stick to two stories at a time. For you its a must to go down this road. You already know how to write and so you can sit back and learn something new about yourself. Thank you for sharing, I really did think the spider shot was amazing and the red fungi. Here’s to following our passions.


    • diannegray / Sep 21 2015 7:52 am

      Thank you, Kath. You’re an inspiration to me because your art is so beautiful. I started sketching and painting about a month ago but saw too much fault in everything I did. I just have to settle and find what I enjoy and now I’m kind of enjoying taking the photography to another level.
      I could never write one novel at a time and always worked on two or three simultaneously. Like you, I’d be halfway through one and get an idea for another – it’s certainly a great way to overcome writer’s block because switching between stories is like a taking in a big breath of fresh air 😀

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      • Minuscule Moments / Sep 21 2015 7:57 am

        Don’t be too hard on yourself when it comes to art, we all see the world so differently and when I walked among the famous paintings in the galleries in Canberra, some of it looked like it was done by kindergarten students Dianne art is art. My advice if you enjoy doing it, don’t stop. Thanks for the tip on switching it up, I do bounce from one to the other but I have stopped writing new stories, just write down idea and keep learning in my editing class for now. You inspire me also my friend.


      • diannegray / Sep 21 2015 8:08 am

        Thanks so much, Kath 🙂 I also meant to say in my comment that I’m glad you like the fungi flower – this one is hubby’s favourite and he want to have some small tiles made from this pattern to put somewhere in the RUC 😀

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  6. Luanne / Sep 21 2015 7:42 am

    Dianne, with your ability to create such beautiful photographs, it’s no wondering it’s appealing to you. Of course, don’t leave the written word behind, especially while I’m reading one of your lush novels! Gosh, don’t give that up!!! But these too are stunning. How did you learn to create photos like this? I would love to do it.
    I do like to do other types of creative activities but I have tried to stop doing that because otherwise I’m always mediocre at everything by doing too many kinds of things (because I work in business, used to teach, etc. on top of creative endeavers). Yes, I’m rambling.


    • diannegray / Sep 21 2015 7:57 am

      Luanne – I’m so happy you’re enjoying the novel. Words like this are amazing and the icing on the cake for any author 😀

      And I don’t think you’re rambling. I totally understand. And as far as learning to do this? I just get obsessed with some photos and try to show the world how I actually see them (and sometimes my view of the world is a bit skewed and weird!) lol 😉

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      • Luanne / Sep 21 2015 7:59 am

        Yes, your view is skewed and weird, hence why I am loving Let Sleeping Gods Lie ;)!


      • diannegray / Sep 21 2015 8:11 am

        LOL! Love it! It’s set in this area and there are some people around here who are sure I’ve used their characters in the story (and some of them aren’t very….um… how can I say this…nice people) 😉

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      • Luanne / Sep 21 2015 12:20 pm

        Oh man. I hate to make dinner and I’m THIRTY PAGES from the end. I’m champing (chomping?) at the bit but I don’t want to rush it because then I’ll be disappointed I didn’t savor it.

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  7. Jacqui Murray / Sep 21 2015 7:56 am

    Diane, you have an eye for this detail. If you didn’t, you could be considered ‘eccentric’, but there’s a latent talent there that wants to pop out. Let it–see where it goes!


    • diannegray / Sep 21 2015 8:01 am

      YAY! Thanks, Jacqui! It’s weird when something just wants to jump out of the depths of your soul and onto the page. I’ve only felt this with words before, feeling it in images is totally new to me. I’m hoping to explore it in depth because (like writing) it gives me enormous satisfaction 🙂


  8. Jill Weatherholt / Sep 21 2015 8:00 am

    Whether you’re writing or snapping shots, I’m staying here. I’ve always enjoyed your photographs, Dianne. If I lived in your area, I’d be taking photos non-stop. The photos you’ve shared in this post are spectacular. I especially love the flower in the bubble! Follow your heart, it will lead you to awesome new things.


    • diannegray / Sep 21 2015 8:13 am

      I love the words “follow your heart”, Jill – because that’s exactly how I feel at the moment. My heart is taking me on a journey and it’s actually a wonderful feeling 😀

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  9. Carrie Rubin / Sep 21 2015 8:06 am

    These are wonderful. I love close-up images like these (unless it’s of my face…). The Beyond Terracotta one is fantastic. You could create a book of your images and add one or two inspirational sentences to each. Combine your photography and writing talents!

    With as many cat pictures as I retweet on Twitter, I am already a crazy cat lady. And I don’t even have cats!


    • diannegray / Sep 21 2015 8:23 am

      I love this idea, Carrie. Combining the art and the words into a book is something I hadn’t thought of (isn’t it amazing how some things that are so obvious aren’t seen by us because we’re too close to it.) I’ve been sitting here for the last five minutes since reading this comment staring off into the distance thinking of words to put with each picture. My mind is getting way ahead of itself! lol Snap back into the real world, Dianne! 😀

      I’m so glad you like Beyond Terracotta – this also hubby’s favorite.

      You are awesome xxx


      • Carrie Rubin / Sep 21 2015 8:26 am

        “isn’t it amazing how some things that are so obvious aren’t seen by us because we’re too close to it.”—Yes it is. As I just discovered about with author’s note! 😉 Objective eyes can be everything in the creative world.

        I hope you run with the book idea. What a great coffee table book it would make.


      • diannegray / Sep 21 2015 8:54 am

        I’m still sitting here dreaming, Carrie (now trying to figure out a name for the book) lol 😉
        I love being in touch with you and other creative people I’ve met through blogging. I didn’t realise the connection to the authors note until this comment. How incredibly coincidental (although I read somewhere recently that there are no coincidences) 😉


      • Carrie Rubin / Sep 21 2015 8:57 am

        Haha, probably not. Maybe we had an international telepathic connection going on.


      • diannegray / Sep 21 2015 9:02 am

        Now that would make us millions if we could bottle it! 😀

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  10. jannatwrites / Sep 21 2015 8:24 am

    Creativity is funny how it decides to happen. I like your images and I bet you’ll find a way to combine the writing and photography 🙂 A couple years ago, I did some sewing projects, but I got off that binge… shoot, I’ve had a Boy Scout patch to get stitched on my son’s shirt for 2 months! I think becoming an eccentric cat lady isn’t a bad thing (I aspire to be that, and already have 3 cats to start my collection 🙂 )


    • diannegray / Sep 21 2015 8:51 am

      You’re so right, Janna. Creativity just hops in out of the blue one day and says, “Wake up. I’m here!” LOL. It’s just weird, but I love it. I laughed at the comment you made about the Boy Scout patch – bring back the sewing muse!
      I have never been a cat person, but since moving back to the farm I’ve fallen head-over-heels in love with the two cats that live here, so I KNOW I’m turning 😀


  11. Peter / Sep 21 2015 8:32 am

    Watch out Diane; some urges you never get out of your system and they become obsessions instead. 🙂


    • diannegray / Sep 21 2015 8:55 am

      This is an obsession I think I’m really going to enjoy, Peter 😉

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      • Peter / Sep 21 2015 9:55 pm

        The one suggestion I can make that I found to be true is when you get the urge to improve your photos by buying better equipment — buy the GLASS first. Any camera body will do a wonderful job today. But the LENS makes all the difference like I would never have believed years ago.

        In the meantime — just enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. I still do.

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  12. anotherday2paradise / Sep 21 2015 8:47 am

    Well they do say that a change is as good as a rest. Love your arty bits, especially the red fungi. I’m going to do a watercolour art course, just because. It’s fun to diversify and who knows, I might find I’m good at it. 😃

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    • diannegray / Sep 21 2015 8:57 am

      I’d love to see some of your watercolours, Sylvia. You come from such an incredibly talented family and I’m sure you’ll easily blitz it! 😀

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  13. ramblingsfromamum / Sep 21 2015 8:48 am

    You my darling are an artist, it doesn’t matter if it’s writing or photography. The urge to create is within you. Beautiful shots and I giggled through your story, nice for a Monday morning. I used to paint …that has t been in me for many years now. The urge to do something different? Go to the Bahamas and change the towels on the lounges as a job. Keep taking pics, you’re good at it…meow. 🐱 xxx


    • diannegray / Sep 21 2015 9:01 am

      LOL – I love the cat icon, SO CUTE 😀
      I’m sure you’ll have some beautiful paintings to reveal to the world one day, Jenny. Your poetry is awesome so I can’t imagine your paintings to be anything less. If you get back into it again I’d love to see them up on your blog 😀

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      • ramblingsfromamum / Sep 21 2015 8:40 pm

        Glad you liked it. 😊 Such a lovely thing to say, thank you darling you’re very kind. Maybe if I find the time I will…but I’m not sure they would be awesome! 😕

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  14. Cynthia Reyes / Sep 21 2015 9:00 am

    I admire and envy you lucky people who have talent in a number of things. I’m trying hard to be creative in one and — it’s challenging! Dianne, thos two pictures are not only lovely; they are interesting too.


    • diannegray / Sep 21 2015 9:04 am

      Thanks so much, Cynthia. I’m really flattered that you like them and can see something interesting in the design of them. You’ve made my day 😀

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  15. gina drellack / Sep 21 2015 9:14 am

    Dianne, you ARE an artist! And, these are beautiful. So is your process–enjoy it! ❤


    • diannegray / Sep 21 2015 11:21 am

      Thanks so much, Gina! It’s so nice to do something that is appreciated by others 😀


  16. Maddie Cochere / Sep 21 2015 9:21 am

    That’s a teensy spider. 🙂

    I’m a fan of micro photography, and I think your artwork is wonderful. The face on that flower is so cute! I agree with Carrie – put words to pictures and publish a book! You have loads of interesting and unique photos. I always thought you would do a book about the RUC. This is just as good!

    An urge to do something completely different? Yes, as a matter of fact, I did. At age 57 I wrote my first book. 😉


    • diannegray / Sep 21 2015 11:25 am

      That is a great thing to do, Maddie. At 57 a first book is awesome! We never stop learning and we never stop creating – this is such a beautiful side to the human spirit.
      I was so excited when Carrie mentioned putting the pics in a book. I still want to write about the RUC (and will one day) but now I’m fully focused on words in art (YAY! maybe that’s what I’ll call the book!) woohoo 😀


      • Maddie Cochere / Sep 21 2015 11:44 am

        It’s wonderful to hear your enthusiasm in your words, Dianne. Words in Art – perfect! Have fun with your photography and your project! 🙂

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  17. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Sep 21 2015 10:39 am

    Out of the RUC Sack – ? Possible title?


  18. EllaDee / Sep 21 2015 1:01 pm

    Let an eccentric old cat lady – me- tell you your photographic art is amazing. It reminds me of the wisdom conveyed via a piece of paste up art I saw on King St… “I want to see things as they really aren’t” 🙂
    Your creativity is responding to your available time and the lovely environment in which you live and have created. As is only right. (I would have hated to see you embark on an MBA but if it’s what you’d truly wanted I’d have been happy for you!)
    The urge to create by tapping into all of the nuances of senses is food for our spirits. Sharing our art whether it’s thoughts, words, photos, visual, sculptural, music, ideas, culinary creations… goes on to inspires others.
    And, anything that doesn’t derive from or buy into corporate & commodified can only be good. Although we can set personal standards and goals, our efforts don’t have be perfect or saleable; enjoyment of the process is the takeaway.
    As for me, I’m getting there. Having a blog and sharing words and photos is the start.


    • diannegray / Sep 21 2015 1:50 pm

      I can’t wait until you move to Taylor’s Arms – country life just oozes creativity (and getting as far away from the corporate & commodified changes the way we see life). You’re so right about the available time and the lovely environment and I love the way you talk about tapping into the nuances of senses and how it is food for our spirits. Such beautiful words xxxx

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  19. Jess / Sep 21 2015 2:20 pm

    Dianne, we all grow and continue to seek new interests…. we’d get pretty stagnant if we didn’t. I’ve been reading your blogs for over 2 years and am happy to see you doing whatever makes you happy. I love the pictures! Keep em coming.


  20. Daydreams / Sep 21 2015 4:37 pm

    I so love your images as usual. & No you are not a kooky cat lady. Why are all of my female friends fearing that lately? Haha! ❤ xoxo


  21. Gallivanta / Sep 21 2015 8:10 pm

    It’s fun to extend our creative horizons. You may find your sharpened focus on the micro beneficial to the written word, when you return to it. How about some quotes from Let Sleeping Gods Lie on your photo art? The Illustrated Companion to Let Sleeping Gods Lie. 😉


    • diannegray / Sep 22 2015 8:54 am

      That sounds awesome! Wow, I love your creativity. Thank you so much for the suggestion 😀

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  22. harulawordsthatserve / Sep 21 2015 8:11 pm

    What an interesting post Dianne. My first thought is selfish sadness as I love reading your books, but my deeper response is – fabulous! I don’t think art/creativity likes to be limited or locked up and constrained, and I think different forms of creative expression can cross polinate and grow something even more beautiful. I have been playing with some sketching recently, though there’s nothing yet I’d choose to share…and yet the process of being still, and looking…really looking, is an interesting one. It reawakens my wonder (life is soooo miraculous) and distills my imagination into an expansion of what is, rather than trying to start from something completely new that is full of cliche. Not sure that makes any sense, but I say go for it…obey the muse! Hugs, Harula xxx


    • diannegray / Sep 22 2015 8:57 am

      This is lovely, Harula. I also did some sketching a few weeks back and I seriously wouldn’t show those to my worst enemy (LOL). I’d love to see yours one day because you poetry is so beautiful and I know you’ve got a lot of creativity inside 😀 Huge hugs to you, my friend xxxxx


  23. pommepal / Sep 21 2015 10:07 pm

    That tiny fly and spider is an amazing image and like you said, how coincidental that you chose that moment, that flower/leaf out of so many, life and coincidences can be mind boggling, but whatever, it is an interesting photo and your art is amazing those cute little faces in the mango blossom, so well seen. I’m going to rush out tomorrow to check the mango tree down the end of this garden which is ladened with flowers. As for your mystery flower I’m not sure but the centre of it looks a little like a passion fruit flower (must admit that is a pure guess, I like your alien theory better) All art is a fascinating and rewarding experience so just see where your muse takes you. I will be watching… 🙂


    • diannegray / Sep 22 2015 9:05 am

      I’m so glad you get the extreme coincidence with the spider and the fly, Pauline. I didn’t even see them when I was taking the picture, it was only when I looked at it later that I spotted them – what an awesome discovery! I hope you get the camera out and take a few close-ups of those mango flowers, they’re very cute indeed.
      I think I’ve found the alien flower tree. It’s got buds on it, but they haven’t come out yet so I’ll just have to wait. I was hoping it would be a native nutmeg, but I don’t think it is. It’s a mystery 😉


      • pommepal / Sep 22 2015 9:41 am

        I’ve had a look at the mangoes and the flowers are not open yet, still tight little buds, but thousands of them. The weather has just warmed up a bit today so I think we are a few weeks behind your season.


      • diannegray / Sep 22 2015 10:55 am

        Yes, of course. Your mangoes probably flower and fruit a little after ours. It’s really warming up here. I’m not really looking forward to the wet season – last years summer was horrific. I just can’t think when it gets that hot. It might be time to consider putting the air-con in the bedroom 😉


      • pommepal / Sep 22 2015 3:53 pm

        Definitely put aircon in the bedroom, or sleep in the lounge in summer!!!!

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  24. danniehill / Sep 21 2015 11:06 pm

    You o have a talent and an eye for photography. I too have been on ‘vacation’ and when people ask me what I do I automatically say, I’m a writer, and then they ask me what I’m working on… My mind punishes me but my fingers won’t fall in line. I’ve taken to the sea and fishing, which is a kind of art form. Out on the ocean my mind is free to relax, but I an ready to write again– just hope my fingers will cooperate.

    I always enjoy your post from the RUC. What a great place to think and observe.


    • diannegray / Sep 22 2015 9:14 am

      I absolutely love fishing, Dannie 😀 I have a friend who has been an artist for a long time (her work sells for between 50 and 100k – so she’s very successful). Many years ago we used go out in the boat together and she would get pictures of the water and the fish. Looking back now I can totally understand her obsession. She has had a ‘pause point’ recently, so it happens to the best of us.
      I’m hoping my new hobby will free my mind so I get back to full time writing as well xxx

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  25. nrhatch / Sep 21 2015 11:23 pm

    “Have you ever had an urge to do something completely different?”


    That’s probably why we’ve moved so many times, and switched careers, and played about with so many different hobbies. NEW is GREAT . . . until it becomes OLD. And the cycle begins again.

    Love your recent foray into art. Have FUN!


    • diannegray / Sep 22 2015 9:17 am

      Thanks Nancy – I’m having a lot of fun with it at the moment. And you’re right – when it isn’t fun anymore I’ll reinvent myself and move onto something else. I just love change (for the good) 😉


  26. JackieP / Sep 22 2015 1:37 am

    I’m the queen of doing different things. 😉 I have always had to be creative in some way. I used to do needlework until my fingers wouldn’t cooperate. I also paint on canvas or anything really that stands still long enough. Now I write, which I always did in some way. I find creative people are just that…creative, in many forms. Why limit yourself? I have always enjoyed your pictures and your writing. So now there will be more to enjoy!


    • diannegray / Sep 22 2015 9:19 am

      YAY! I’m so glad you said that, Jackie. More for you to enjoy and more for me to enjoy – that’s what life should be all about 😀

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      • JackieP / Sep 22 2015 11:53 am

        Yes it should 🙂


  27. cocoaupnorth / Sep 22 2015 3:46 am

    Love your ‘Arty Bits’ more especially Beyond Terracotta, it’s a photo that inspires words. I like this form of your creativity too, you don’t have to limit yourself to one form. Have fun with photography:-)


    • diannegray / Sep 22 2015 9:20 am

      Thanks so much, Cocoa. Beyond Terracotta is hubby’s favourite (in fact, he named it!) I’m so glad you like the work 😀

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  28. the eternal traveller / Sep 22 2015 8:02 am

    I can’t explain it but I’m enjoying your subtle change of direction!


    • diannegray / Sep 22 2015 9:22 am

      Thank you. It’s odd when your mind insists you do something different. At first there’s the struggle against it, but once you give in to the universe it’s awesome 😀

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  29. reneejohnsonwrites / Sep 22 2015 11:46 am

    It’s the different aspect to characters that keeps our minds creating new stories with interesting people acting them out. Love spontaneity and the insight gathered from trying new things. Bravo.


    • diannegray / Sep 25 2015 8:10 am

      Thank you, Renee. I love the fact that you’ve mentioned different aspects in this comment. So true! 😀


  30. Daphne Shadows / Sep 22 2015 2:24 pm

    Beautiful imagery makes for beautiful writing. 🙂 I love the photo of the spider and the fly. Go spider! 😉 Glad you’re having fun with art regardless.


    • diannegray / Sep 25 2015 8:11 am

      It’s opening up a whole new room in that attic I call my mind! 😀


  31. Roy McCarthy / Sep 23 2015 1:48 am

    Nice observations Dianne. New outlooks certainly keeps one fresh. In recent years I think I’ve started taking way more notice of close detail and curiosity rather than the big picture. Maybe that’s because of our limited island size. As I haven’t an ounce of artistic ability though it will probably feed through into my writing – once I get going again that is.


    • diannegray / Sep 25 2015 8:15 am

      I disagree, Roy – I think you have an enormous amount of artistic ability. I’ve seen your photos! Wow, I just love walking with you through the Parishes and listening to that great music 😀

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  32. Sheila / Sep 23 2015 5:09 am

    I love these, especially the mango flower in a bubble. If you keep looking at them, all kinds of stories will come through. Creativity can be such a pouring out and I think doing things like this helps to fill it all back up again. Some of my favorite blogs are the photography ones because they can make you look at everything differently.


    • diannegray / Sep 25 2015 8:17 am

      That’s exactly right, Sheila. I look at things so differently when I look at them through a lens. There’s so much interpretation going on 😉

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  33. jmmcdowell / Sep 23 2015 6:18 am

    Well, as others have already said, why not mix words and photos?! I already know you have the writing chops, and it’s clear you also have a photographer’s eye. Creative writing was something I never imagined myself doing before 2009, so I don’t see why new creative windows can’t open for us at other times. Embrace the “developing” photographer and challenge your Muse to put words and images together! 🙂


    • diannegray / Sep 25 2015 8:18 am

      “Challenge your muse” – wow, I love those words! I’ve always been under the impression that my muse is challenging me, maybe it’s time to turn the tables 😀


  34. agjorgenson / Sep 23 2015 12:33 pm

    Well, I’m afraid you are an artist. I love the artsy images, and am glad that you finished with them rather than the spider sizing up supper… which could make for some nasty nightmares since I am reading this before going to bed!


    • diannegray / Sep 25 2015 8:20 am

      Oops, sorry about the spider, Allen 😉

      Thank you for using the word ‘artist’. now I feel very humbled 😀


  35. Britt Skrabanek / Sep 23 2015 2:56 pm

    Selfishly, I love your writing, Dianne doll! But, these photos are truly amazing and I think you’re on to something special.

    As you know I am often torn over other creative and physical interests, but I always seem to come back to writing. It’s good to explore, and be inspired. But just like traveling and going on adventures, it feels so damn good to come home.


    • diannegray / Sep 25 2015 8:22 am

      Strangely enough I have started writing short inspirational notes to go with the pictures, Britt. So maybe this is just a sneaky trick by my muse to get the writing flowing again. You can never trust where a muse is taking you 😀

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  36. Denise Hisey / Sep 23 2015 11:14 pm

    Dianne, that’s really exciting! I think a lot of people experience something similar but don’t embrace or explore it.
    I’m excited to see where your journey goes!


    • diannegray / Sep 25 2015 8:25 am

      Me to, Denise. I love the way you mention the word ‘journey’ because I had rather a long conversation with a friend last night about the journey of life.
      …I’m pretty excited to be entering into a field that I always thought was out of my league 😀


  37. frederick anderson / Sep 25 2015 8:29 pm

    For my part, I believe art finds its own way, and it isn’t anything we can control. Your photographs are certainly artistic, and so you should go with that, because that’s how the vision is forming in your mind and you shouldn’t obstruct the process. Give it free rein! I’ve had periods as poet, some as artist. I like to compose a picture, and I get to it by whichever means seems best.

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    • diannegray / Sep 27 2015 9:49 am

      Thank so much, Fredrick! “Give it free reign” – I love your thinking 😀


  38. restlessjo / Sep 26 2015 8:48 am

    I can’t quite fathom how you’ve done them so you must be on a winner! 🙂 But more importantly, you’re enjoying it, and good for you 🙂

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    • diannegray / Sep 27 2015 9:58 am

      Thanks, Jo! I can’t really fathom how I’ve done them either – I’m just kind of messing around with Gimp 😀

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  39. beeblu / Sep 26 2015 4:19 pm

    Love the red fungi – sublime. Nothing wrong with getting the urge to do something completely different – sign of a creative brain. 🙂


    • diannegray / Sep 27 2015 10:00 am

      I love the colour of the red fungi and I was hoping I could do it justice 😀 I’m really glad you like it, my dear xxxx


  40. Sheila Morris / Sep 26 2015 10:12 pm

    Dianne, I do so totally get this!! The same thing happened to me when I moved back to Texas in 2010. My neighbor across Worsham Street there was an amateur photographer, and I fell in love with her images…so much so that I started taking my own. Being back in Texas was such a treat for me in many ways, and as I re-connected to my past, I became passionate about capturing the landscape and people and…anything…so much so that I bought a new camera and my neighbor helped me with Picasa and off I went.
    The Old Woman Slow’s Photos was the blog I created to keep The Red Man from being taken over by my pictures. I highly recommend it. You CAN combine both your writing and your art. By the way, I have loved your art as I’ve watched your attachment to the images grow.
    Your work with colors today is a sign of your growth – and they are truly beautiful. Honestly, lovely.
    So go for it – do what you want to do – wherever and whenever your own Spirit takes you. We will all be glad for both!
    P.S. Interesting thing is since I moved back to South Carolina in 2014, I rarely take photos. I’ve been working so hard on my writing again, the camera has been put back in the holster. Funny, huh?


    • diannegray / Sep 27 2015 9:55 am

      It’s amazing how we go through these enormous creative stages, Sheila. I’m truly flattered that you like my pictures and you totally get what I’m going through 😀

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  41. diannegray / Sep 27 2015 9:52 am

    I still can’t fathom the colour of that red fungi – it’s awesome and I really like the fact that you like it too! 😀


  42. Amy Reese / Sep 27 2015 4:50 pm

    Dianne, I’ve been into photos, too! Yours are beautiful. Very artistic. I say whatever you’re doing keep doing it. Have fun!


    • diannegray / Oct 2 2015 8:44 am

      It’s great to hear that you’ve been getting into photos as well. Amy. You know what they say, “great minds…” 😀

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  43. roughwighting / Sep 28 2015 9:30 pm

    I find that taking photos is just another arm of my creativity. And, taking photos many times helps me create a new story. That said, I’d also like to add that my best writing seems to be when I go ‘micro’ instead of writing about a ‘big picture’ -the macro. Writing about the ordinary (like taking a photo of a weed) many times leads to the extraordinary (like finding a spider catching a fly). My wish is that you pursue the micro in your WRITING as well as your photography. You are great at both!


    • diannegray / Oct 2 2015 8:48 am

      Thank you so much, Pam 😀 You’re right about photos being an inspiration as part of the creative writing process. I love going micro. I showed an artist friend of mine a photo I took of a green ants nest and placed it in a fractal and she said – wow, that reminds me of Tennessee Williams and the reaction/action/reaction concept! Now I have to read more of his work to see what she means 😉

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      • roughwighting / Oct 2 2015 7:57 pm

        Whoa – That’s quite a concept! 🙂


  44. ParentingIsFunny / Sep 29 2015 8:41 am

    So terrific. I always enjoy your photos. Thanks for sharing them with the world!


    • diannegray / Oct 2 2015 8:49 am

      Thank you so much for letting me know you enjoy them! I’m very flattered 😀

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  45. ripe red berries / Oct 2 2015 11:54 pm

    Hi Dianne! I’ve been wanting to comment on this post since it was posted! I think it’s great your doing new things with your photos – so fun!! You do take great ones. I too have had the need to ‘do something different’ – I think it’s the only way to live life to the fullest! Try new things!! go Dianne!


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